Birth control, feminism, LSD trips, swingers, socialism - I'm not talking about San Francisco in the 1960's, Amsterdam or even Washington DC, I'm talking about The Land of Painted Caves. I'm really surprised Ayla didn't distribute condoms or establish the United Nations while she was an acolyte. I had high hopes for this last book, and I'm so disappointed. Liberal politics have found their way into a once great series, but I'm not surprised by anything anymore.
Our ancestors were too wrapped up with mere survival to even think about the liberal bilge that seems to seep out of these once meaningful characters. Give it up Ms. Auel, you've overstayed your welcome.
I am glad the whole series is available in an audio format (especially unabridged, is there really a point for abridged?) I started reading the series when a friend had finished The Valley of Horses and handed me the paperback in 1983. Once I started I realized it was the second in a series & put it down and found the first book and started the series in order. I enjoyed getting the latest book when it was out to keep up with the story. With the availability of mp3 players and audible I have found it rather nice to have audio books. For the most part I have looked for audio versions of books I have read (and liked). This series was one that I never read all of the books, only the first 4. The last two were audio version only. As for this one, thank goodness there is a speed setting in the app that allowed me to speed the audio up to get past some of the redundant parts, like the song (how many times was it sang before the last verse was given?) The story as a whole was great, Start with the first and listen to them all. You may not mind the redundant parts, not that the whole book was that way, I did not speed it up to "chipmunk" mode but I did speed it up 1.5x for normal listening, 2x when the song started.
Book 6 so it really tied a lot of things together. Also, I was REALLY glad the graphic sex scenes was GREATLY reduced!
I'm disappointed in the graphice sex scenes. It just was NOT necessary!
Yes, Sandra Burr and Audiable brings this amazing historical fiction alive. I read Clan of the Cave Bear, years ago, and wanted to try a audio book. Well, now I am hooked and love listening to this very talented story reader. I have listened to five of her series and have only the sixth one to go. On the go, you can listen driving, at the gym, or listen with the lights off. Just plug in the ear phones, turn off the enviorment around you and sink into the wonderland of a well told story.
Ayla and Jondalar had a baby and Winnie had a filly.
All her many real life voices and how she Winnie's like a horse.
This audio book was fantastic! I was able to fully escape into the story during my commute as well as have my own story time before bed.
Shelters of Stone was a wonderful first experience to Audible
Ayla's character is my favorte, but Sandra did a fabulous job with all the characters and animal sounds!
Ayla because she is my favorite character from the whole book series. She's such an amazing character, I named my daughter after her.
I don't agree with the reviewers that complained about the book or about Sandra Burr's reading of it. In my opinion the story was excellent and Sandra did an excellent job narrating these books. The reason I said Sad is because the story, the series is over. I love this series and I'm sad there is no more. Jean Auel did a great job in writing all of the books. I don't know who chose Sandra to narrate, just want to say great choice. I have loved this series from the very beginning but listening to the series gave it more meaning for me. Great author and great narrator.
Loved the book in printed form, but the audible version is SO much better! Really made the story come alive. Just wish Jean Auel had written another book; was sorry to hear the story come to an end.
Why did I have to read these so fast? Now there are no more cave-bear books.
Sandra Burr. Listen to her performance of these books, if you get the chance.
I feel I have already reviewed this series. I think before I ever read them again I will try to find pictures of the places, the caves, the types of people that these books are about. It would be cool if Jean M. Auel could write a companion picture book. I must admit to having my curiosity piqued about the preherstoric times, when womyn were warriors. I am glad that the author spent so much time researching for these stories. Her knowledge of the geography, flora and fauna made the world of Ayla come to life.
If you haven't read these yet, you owe it to yourself. If you have read them, trek back to the Caves.
I like how she changes her voice from one character to another. Very good.
Donna Lee Walker
Yes I think it is better ... Jean writes to make you feel like you are right there.
too many to mention
I think the name is just right